Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”
Emily has always been a bit shy and introverted but when the carefree and wild Sloan comes to town, she helps push Emily and they become inseparable best and only real friends, until Sloan disappears without even a goodbye. Emily is stuck spending the summer before Senior year all alone and her only connection left to Sloan is a Summer To Do List that Sloan mailed her. Now, Emily is forced to complete a list of all her fears in order hopefully reveal some clue to Sloan’s new whereabouts.
This book is about the power of friendship and how it changes you, both in good and bad ways. The character development is so good, the growth and change Emily goes through over the course of the novel perfectly imitates real life. The story does start a little slow but I enjoyed that because it gave me time to really get to know the characters. I absolutely loved this adorable summer read!
I could relate to the shy and good-natured Emily, who let her loud best friend control her life for so long and then suddenly Sloan was gone and Emily had to figure out who she truly was without her. Friendship is an amazing and beautiful thing but it can also be challenging. Everyone has been in a friendship where they always feel like a second choice and are never feel quite secure in the relationship. Emily’s growth and ability to overcome her fears in order to start truly living her life was inspiring. You must go read this now! 4 out of 5 stars.